Monday, September 25, 2023

Montana bans Tik Tok for fear of data privacy

In a surprising move, Montana has become the first state in the United States to ban popular social media app TikTok. The decision has generated much debate, raising questions about freedom of expression, online safety and the government’s role in regulating digital platforms.

The government of Montana has decided to ban TikTok due to concerns regarding data security and user privacy. They cite TikTok’s potential access to sensitive personal information of Montana citizens as justification for this ban.

Although no concrete evidence has been presented that TikTok misused user data, the state has chosen to take preventive measures.

“We are filing a lawsuit against Montana’s unconstitutional TikTok ban to protect both our business and the hundreds of users”

Lawyers representing TikTok argued in their lawsuit that the state law violates the country’s constitution’s First Amendment, which protects freedom of expression, and also pointed out that the law is similar in cases at the federal level. is interfering

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In Montana, Republicans, who control both houses of the state Congress and the governor’s office, are the main promoters of the measure and accuse TikTok of collecting data from its users for the purpose of giving it to the Chinese Communist Party.

TikTok, in its defence, has dismissed these allegations and described them as “baseless speculation”, maintaining that it has not shared and will not share user data with the Chinese government.

If the lawsuit is successful, it could set an important precedent in protecting free speech in the digital realm and limit individual states’ ability to ban social media platforms.

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Starting June 1, a new Montana law will go into effect that will impose financial penalties on mobile application services, such as the Apple App Store or Google Play, that allow users in Montana to download TikTok. The minimum amount of these fines will be $10,000.

Importantly, the ban imposed by Montana is considered to be the strictest yet in the entire United States. This goes beyond restrictions established by the federal government and half of the nation’s states, which prevent public officials from having TikTok on their mobile devices.

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